Six Picks for the Week Ahead in Entertainment

Big Boi releases Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty (Tue.)

ImageLong wait, longer name

The long, mostly label-imposed two-year wait is finally over as Big Boi’s first official solo release Sir Lucious Leftfoot arrives Tuesday, with album singles “Shine Blockas” and “Shutterbug” having already been released to critical acclaim. With elements of hip-hop, New Wave, and funk, Big Boi’s sly flow is never overshadowed by his guests, who include Janelle Monáe, George Clinton, Jamie Foxx, T.I., and Gucci Mane. OutKast co-member André 3000 only appears in producer capacity on “You Ain’t No DJ,” but thanks to Big Boi, an Internet search yields the excellent “Lookin’ for Ya,” which was sadly left off the album due to label bickering.

Listen to tracks on Big Boi’s MySpace page, or download the “Big Boi Mixtape for Dummies” and get fly merch and tour information at the artist’s official website.

Childrens' Hospital begins on Adult Swim (Sun.)

ImageHe's not a doctor, but he plays one on TV

In this live-action medical drama satire, creator/writer/director Rob Corddry (The Daily Show, Hot Tub Time Machine) also stars as Dr. Childrens, whose titular hospital hosts a slew of surreal medical and interpersonal shenanigans. The first season of Childrens' Hospital, originally a web series produced for TheWB.com, is heading to Adult Swim starting Sunday at 10:30pm, before new episodes begin airing on the network in August. The cast is a who’s-who list of deadpan comedians, including Ken Marino (Party Down), Lake Bell (How to Make It in America), Ed Helms (The Hangover), Michael Cera, Megan Mullally, and more.

Watch Rob Corddry explain why Childrens’ Hospital is superior to Grey’s Anatomy and House on AdultSwim.com, or watch the entire first webisode below:

The Kids Are All Right (Fri.)

Image Another modern family

In modern family film The Kids Are All Right (in limited release beginning Friday), lesbian moms Annette Bening and Julianne Moore share a comfortable suburban home with their two teenage children, who were conceived through donor insemination. As his sister Joni (Mia Wasikowska, Alice in Wonderland) prepares to leave for college, 15-year-old Laser (Josh Hutcherson) convinces her to track down their loose-limbed bio-dad (an ultrahetero Mark Ruffalo), throwing the Southern California family into a new trajectory. This indie comedy from director Lisa Cholodenko (Laurel Canyon) has been the subject of positive buzz since it debuted at Sundance in January, where it earned the biggest payday of the festival.

Primetime Emmy nominations announced (Thur.)

ImageClose to another win?

The academy that rarely gives awards to the shows that really deserve them (The Wire, Friday Night Lights) announces their annual nominations on Thursday morning at just after 8:30am ET. Expect nominations for popular new shows like Modern Family and Glee and critical darling Breaking Bad, and many more for recent stalwarts Mad Men, Lost, and House, though all three had wildly uneven seasons. 30 Rock is probably still the comedy shoo-in, and while the inventive True Blood is likely too much fun to be considered for drama, newcomers like The Good Wife and Treme or understated FX offerings Justified and Damages may manifest as longshots. The winners won't be revealed until August 29th, in a primetime ceremony hosted by Jimmy Fallon.

Check out past Emmy winners and view the full nominee list on Thursday at the official Emmy website.

Winnebago Man (Fri.)

ImageMad man

This hilarious, award-winning documentary by Ben Steinbauer follows the filmmaker's search for unwitting Internet phenomenon Jack Rebney, whose virtuosically profane, Casey Kasem-esque outtakes from a 1988 Winnebago commercial shoot became one of the first viral videos, originally traded on VHS tapes and currently boasting over 20 million hits on YouTube. Rebney, who when Steinbauer approached him was unaware of his status as “The Angriest Man in the World, is surprisingly touching in this meditation on aging, anger, and fame. Winnebago Man begins its trek through the nation's arthouse cinemas on Friday in New York.

Find the film playing in a theater near you on the official website, or watch the NSFW trailer below:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on DVD (Tue.)
The Girl Who Played with Fire
in theaters (Fri.)

ImageSalander, subtitled

Aided by the extraordinary title character, antisocial hacker Lisbeth Salander, journalist Mikael Blomkvist is hired by a wealthy family to investigate the 40-year-old disappearance of a teenage girl while Blomkvist weathers a libel trial and Salander copes with a corrupt state-appointed guardian. Released on DVD/Blu-ray on Tuesday, Sweden's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 76 is based on the first of Stieg Larsson’s posthumously published Millennium Trilogy bestsellers, while the second film in the trilogy, The Girl Who Played with Fire, opens in select cities on Friday. David Fincher (Fight Club) is currently developing an American adaptation of the first book.

Add The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to your Netflix queue or watch a trailer for the second film below:

Closing the book on last week

Most Popular Title on Metacritic.com
The Last Airbender 20 Week ending 7/3/2010
Weekend Box Office Champion (Estimated, U.S. only; source: Boxofficemojo.com)
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse 58 $69 million; 1st week at #1
#1 Album on Billboard 200 (Source: Billboard.com/Nielsen SoundScan)
Eminem: Recovery 62 1st week at #1
Top-Rated Primetime Broadcast Show (Source: Nielsen)
America's Got Talent [Wed.] (NBC) 12.4 million viewers; week of 6/21-6/28

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  • m  

    You'd think Ed Helms would be more recognizable from The Office than The Hangover...but still I'm really looking forward to Children's Hospital

    The Emmys are just gonna fail though. Like Zeenat says, shows that really deserve them (like Parks and Recreation) will get pushed aside for **** like Family Guy (which somehow got its first nomination last year, during its worst season ever).

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